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06-08-2012, 01:24 PM
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I think Meltzer does a pretty great job summing everything up regarding Carle:

I know there are a lot of people who don't think that Carle is worth that kind of money. He is not an All-Star caliber defenseman. He's not physical and doesn't shoot the puck very hard. He's decent defensively but he's not a shutdown coverage defender in his own end of the ice. But there are plenty of things he does well, and are of high value to the club.

What Carle's critics are missing is this: It is NOT easy or inexpensive to replace a defenseman who played an average 23:01 during the regular season and 25:19 during the playoffs. It isn't simple to find a replacement defenseman who consistently goes out and produces 35 to 40 points per season. Likewise, it isn't a trifling matter to simply find another defenseman who is as durable as Carle. He as only missed two games over the last three seasons combined and started every game in each of the last two seasons.
He's going to get almost 5, if not 5.

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